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Been There, Done That: Dems’ Strategy in MN


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It looks like we can count on the Democrats to implement this “count ’til we win” strategy anytime we have a close election.

In 2000, in Florida they counted, counted, counted, and counted again and were prepared to count some more before SCOTUS finally put a stop to it.  Recall though, after the initial recount Democrats only wanted subsequent recounts in counties that would favor their party.  With sympathetic election officials using magnifying glasses to identify flyspecks that “obviously indicated” the voter intended to vote for Gore, Bush’s lead dwindled with each recount.  The Florida Supreme Court was perfectly willing to allow this obvious cheating until they “found” enough votes to put Gore on top.  Fortunately, SCOTUS put a stop to it before the Democratic thieves stole the election.

They tried to do the same thing in Ohio in 2004 in an effort to give the election to Kerry, but this time then-Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (currently a candidate for RNC Chairman) certified the vote to avoid this insanity yet again.  Though stealing 119,000 votes would have been a far more difficult task, the Democrats were ready to try.  Fortunately, Blackwell put an end to the “count ’til Dems win” process then.

That same year though, the Washington governor’s race was stolen using this Democratic strategy.  From the WSJ:

In Washington’s 2004 gubernatorial election, at least 1,392 felons illegally voted, 252 provisional ballots were wrongly counted, and 19 votes were cast from beyond the grave, according to Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges’s opinion in a case brought by Dino Rossi, Ms. Gregoire’s Republican opponent.

King County election officials admitted to doctoring ballots as well as discovering and counting unsecured ballots. Even after the first recount Rossi was leading by 42 votes.  Then labor unions and left-wing groups such as Moveon.org pooled money to fund an expensive state-wide hand recount that gave Gregoire a 133 vote winning margin.  Little wonder in left-leaning Washington state.

And now, we’re seeing the same thing in MN with the US Senate race between Sen. Norm Coleman and comedian turned politician Al Franken.  Numerous recounts have double counted votes that almost certainly favored Franken, thrown out ballots that would likely favor Coleman, and dubiously divined voter intent to favor Franken on quite a few questionable ballots.

Evidently the new Democratic slogan in close races is “Count, count, count again.  We’ll count the votes until we win!”


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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Election 2008 | , , , , , | 1 Comment

MRC’s Worst MSM Reporting Awards of 2008


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The Media Research Center has published its Best Notable Quotables of 2008.  Here’s their selection for Quote of the Year, Chris Matthews explains how he “gets a thrill up my leg” when hearing Obama speak.

Other awards include:

Obamagasm Award winner Time’s Nancy Gibbs.

Pummeling Palin Award goes to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

Reverend Wright Award captured by the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn.

ABC’s David Wright receives this year’s Obamalot Award.

And a host of others are available here.

Happy New Year everyone!  I’m sure the liberally biased MSM will supply us with plenty of nominations for next year in the coming months.


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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Liberal Media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iranian students raid British diplomatic compound

TEHRAN (AFP) – A group of Iranian demonstrators stormed the British diplomatic compound in Tehran to protest London’s stance towards the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, state news agency IRNA reported.

“A large group of people and students entered the Gholhak gardens, which are occupied by the British embassy to protest at Britain’s policies in supporting the Zionist regime and put up the Palestinian flag there,” IRNA said Tuesday.

A media officer at the British embassy in Tehran confirmed the report adding that diplomatic police had driven the demonstrators out.

“We do confirm the raid on our premises. We are in contact with Islamic republic authorities to resolve the matter,” Mitra Behnam told AFP.

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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Middle East | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planned Parenthood Fears Outside Scrutiny – Chooses Closely Linked Group to Implement ‘Reform’

December 30th, LOS ANGELES – Lila Rose, 20-year old president of Live Action, responds to a public statement made by Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum in defense of her organization after investigative videos shot in Bloomington and Indianapolis clinics showed the criminal cover up of statutory rape. Rose calls for Planned Parenthood of Indiana to publicly release the number of reports Planned Parenthood of Indiana has made to Child Protective Services in conjunction with the number of minors to whom they have provided STD testing, abortion counseling, pregnancy testing, and birth control.

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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Abortion | , , , , | 2 Comments

Israeli Consulate on Gaza via Twitter


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Today, from 1-3 pm EST, the Israeli Consulate held a public press conference via the social networking site Twitter.  Under the username IsraelConsulate, the consulate fielded questions on all aspects of the military assault on Gaza.  You can view a list of questions asked along with the consulate’s response via the following links:

Press Conference: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

The following is my synopsis of the Q & A from the press conference, inferred from my reading of the questions and responses.  I’m not attempting to speak for the Israeli government, and I welcome any corrections or clarifications it wishes to make regarding my interpretation.  Many thanks to the Israeli Consulate for making this available to us via Twitter.–John Allison, III

Questions were fielded from a diverse group of Twitterers, including users sympathetic to Israel and those sympathetic to the terror group Hamas.  Some of the questions posed even came from inside Israel.  Topics covered addressed addressed the military action underway–it’s causes, conduct, and what will be required to end it, how to deal with the humanitarian crisis inside Gaza, and such things as the incident involving the Dignity and journalists’ access to the area.

The Israeli Consulate explained the cause of this military campaign was the firing of more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilian targets since 2001.  This Hamas assault endangers the lives of 500,000 Israelis.  Though civilian casualties are occurring, the IDF targets only military installations.  This policy is the exact opposite of Hamas, which intentionally targets civilians in an effort to maximize civilian casualties.

Though Hamas was elected to govern Gaza, the terror organization’s refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist and its policy of exterminating Israeli civilians disqualify it from being defined as a “Democratic” government in the eyes of the Israeli government.  The consulate emphatically stated the government of Israel is not declaring war on the Palestinian people of Gaza, and it mourns every lost civilian life–Palestinian or Israeli.  Civilian deaths are a result of Hamas’ placement of military installations in close proximity to civilians, in effect using those civilians as shields.  Israel believes Hamas relishes even Palestinian civilian deaths for their propaganda value.

Addressing the cease fire proposed by the international community, Israel desires peace and diplomacy to achieve it.  But, Hamas used these periods in the past to rearm, refortify, and strategize for the next wave of assaults against Israel.  The objective of the operation is to eliminate the threat of rocket and mortar attacks on 500,000 Israeli civilians.  When the IDF and the Israeli government believe that objective has been achieved, the operation will end.

Humanitarian aid is being allowed into Gaza.  Thirty-eight truckloads of supplies were allowed to cross the border today and 17,000 such truckloads entered before the violence began.  The wire services have correspondents in place inside Gaza, but more reporters are not being allowed in for their own safety.

Israel wants a peaceful, two-state solution.  However, as long as Hamas continues to deny its right to exist and attacks Israeli civilians, Hamas cannot be a part of that solution.

The consulate chose to conduct this press conference via Twitter because it noticed many on the web dispersing inaccurate information.  Israel continues to give press releases to the MSM, but believed this forum would help reduce the misinformation being propagated on the internet.


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